April 19, 2010 09:11:30pm
Re: Is Adobe Flash going to be redundant?
True, the British do quite good TV, in NZ in the '60s, it was our best TV viewing, several British comedies were copied under license in the USA, using USA actors, retaining the basic plot, but using USA specific settings, and jokes.
They never lasted.
However, the BBC is funded by complusery TV licenses, every household in the UK with a TV has to pay this annual license.
When TV free to air came to NZ in the '60s the funding was based on both the UK and USA models, seeing there was just 2.6 million people here then, (I think its about 4 million plus now) every household paid its annual TV license, which included the radio licence fee, carried over from before we had TV, PLUS the government channels had advertising, maybe 15 minutes maximum per hour, none on Sunday.
We had just 2 channels up to the early '70s when we went colour. Both were Government owned/operated, but they led to the demise of movie theatres in most small towns.
Then private networks were allowed, and the licence fee abolished. We now have TV1 and TV2 networks from the Government, TV3 a private general network AND C4 mostly a music video network, Prime, a general network, free to terrestrial air until recently and owned by Sky, the TAB channel, horse racing owned by a Betting Commission, A Maori Channel as well.
Also one local channel in most areas, mostly running old stuff, Mr Ed, and the Hillbillies.
All channels/networks are now advertising funded, only 4,000,000 possible viewers, the advertisers pay less, so to break even, we get more advertising that TV shows.
The Government via "NZ on Air" subsidises the marking of NZ TV shows, otherwise we would not have any, one "Shortland Street" a soap based on a Accident and Emergency Clinic has been running 20-years, it is self supporting now, and its being exported.
Most of our viewing is CRAP, as Gerry would say, to make decent TV shows takes big bucks, the more HD TV goes, the more a show costs, now its 3D and interactive.
Not just NZ, but world wide, there is a lack of quality TV shows and movies, thus we get heaps of game shows (prizes given by the advertisings) make over shows, reality shows, cooking, etc, all very cheap to make.
Honestly, there is not even enough new content produced world wide to supply ONE network.
Without copyright, networks would rip each other off, thus if they did, nobody would pay for decent shows to be made any-more.
I think Cable TV, including similar is on the way out.
Replacing it, there will be free to air of only news shows, and public broadcasting (Like we have a Free View satilight channel of our Parliament (A comedy with their horseplay while supposed working for us making laws)
And people can order whatever show they like, from a vast file server, pay per view, fed down your phone line.
And if lots of people chose premium shows and pay for it, then more high quality shows will be turned out.
If somebody pirates these moves, quickly the source will dry up.
And stopping movie makers from copyrighting their latest movie, is in effect legalising piracy and quickly the supply of new block busters will dry up.
Finally, there reason there is so much crap on TV, and very little quantity stuff, is due to piracy, the pirates selling stollen property.
If there was no piracy, no file sharing, no DVD burners, you can bet there will be lots of quality shows being produced because the people doing the work will be paid.
And the cost of a legal copy of a Movie is high because each legal copy has to recover the losses of all the pirated copies.